Elway doesn’t own new contract
OK with just being GM? I would imagine the delay in extending John Elway’s contract with the Broncos is about ownership. I don’t pretend to know what’s going on, but perhaps the Broncos are having a hard time structuring a contract for a general manager that also includes Elway’s desire to be an owner, if that opportunity should arise. Would he opt out as general manager to become an owner? Does he want to be owner and general manager? Noel, Dallas
Kiz: Elway wants what’s best for the Broncos. And the Broncos want to richly reward Elway. That much I know. Here’s my guess: The slow, unfortunate decline in the health of owner Pat Bowlen makes it hard to predict the long-term future of how the franchise will operate. We all want certainty. But maybe that’s the one thing the Broncos cannot offer Elway in a contract.
Hurt feelings. What happened? Did you get your little feelings hurt because Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond ain’t talking to the media? So you have the ignorance to grade his .283 batting average a D. I hope he takes you out “behind the gym” and beats the stuffing out of you. Nick, fighting mad
Kiz: I like Desmond. He can play first base, outfield and, if necessary, be a clubhouse cop, because he’s unafraid to lay down the law, even if that means trying to intimidate the media. Desmond makes me smile, because here’s what he and some fans don’t quite grasp: My job as a journalist is not to be Desmond’s buddy. My job is to report, research and give an opinion on his performance. Heading into the second half of the season, Desmond’s minus-0.5 WAR ranked 105th among 117 National League hitters with a minimum of 200 plate appearances. The grade of D might have been generous.
Attention hound. Have you ever written a column without mentioning yourself in it? Your begging for attention is painfully obvious. Write about our local sports and leave “I” out of it. Ron, no “I” in team
Kiz: I hear your beef. (Oops, I did it again. Many apologies.) Here’s why it’s often mentioned in my column when I have a face-to-face conversation with an athlete, whether it’s Nuggets forward Paul Millsap at the Montbello Recreation Center or Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin in Brazil. Unlike online news aggregators, The Denver Post cares enough to send me to cover games and ask questions for you, the reader. So, with your kind indulgence, let me offer my humble thanks to The Post for making that commitment.
Re-mark-able talent. And today’s parting shot calls a ceasefire in our usual volley of rotten eggs to throw a bouquet:
I really like your columns. Not merely the subject matter, but particularly your writing skill. As a daily reader of your newspaper, I almost always read the columns reprinted from The Washington Post, regardless of subject, as I know the writing will be superb. You are, in my view, the equal of the writing in The Washington Post. Max, no relation to Kiz (honest)